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Jamaica Inn
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Main St, Ocho Rios, Jamaica   |  
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“The most special place in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We were married at the Jamaica Inn in 2012. The entire staff including Mary, Georgia, Kumar and more went above and beyond to make it the most fabulous and special day of our lives. The entire staff is gracious and wonderful at the Inn. You really do feel like you're 'coming home' when you arrive. We visited again this year and plan to go back at least once every year; I can't imagine going a full 365 days without Jamaica Inn.
The grounds are gorgeous, the rooms are simple, clean and elegant. The food is quite good but the drinks are the BEST.

This the the most relaxing and romantic place. If you are used to the Four Seasons or the Ritz, and can't appreciate a historic, unique boutique hotel, this may not be the place for you. If you recognize and appreciate history, charm and substance - this is where you should go.

Room Tip: The White Suite is absolute top notch luxury. Private sun deck, private pool, wrap-around porches an...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

I just came back from a 5 day trip to JI. I was not sure if the hype would live up to my expectations, but this place fulfilled all the "musts" for a great vacation--beautiful, quiet beach, wonderful food, killer service, and comfortable and spacious rooms. This place guarantees relaxation and peace, and is not for those looking for a spring break party scene.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

My wife and I both believe this was the perfect place to recharge batteries after a very tough year. The food, the staff, the beach, the gardens, the spa and general location were all perfect. Our room's spacious veranda was like a home away from home. Jamaica Inn is not perfect (as no resort is), but if you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy great food and drink and the multi-hued Caribbean, this is it.

Some of the (very few) complaints I have read seem nitpicky.
--You occasionally hear automobile and truck noise from the distant highway, but it is rare. There are boats and jet skis that travel past the resort (outside of their roped-off private beach and swim area), but far less than at the Sandals and Couples resorts.
--It gets hot and humid in the Caribbean (especially in the non-peak months). Your husband couldn't wear his t-shirt and shorts to dinner???--get over it. How much cooler would he really have been in shorts?!?! How much of a stretch is it to wear khakis and a collared golf shirt???
--the two robbery reports (out of hundreds of reviews) are disconcerting, but we noticed roaming security and razor wire on the perimeter of the resort. It sounds like they are addressing to their best ability (Jamaica is a risky country compared to US and British islands). They did reimburse and offered a free return trip. We used our safe and never felt at risk. Most seasoned travelers also leave expensive jewelry at home and keep an eye on diving watches and electronic equipment. Diamond-studded Rolex watches will receive attention (as they are designed to do) anywhere you go. Leave them at home.
-- The buildings are older (external AC units, electrical conduits visible but hidden as much as possible in the main corridors, etc...) but our room was very attractive and comfortable. The outdoor dining areas are beautiful. I’ve been in more attractive rooms (Four Seasons, etc…), but the private veranda and the rest of the resort makes-up for the very slight lack of perfection here. All rooms have beautiful verandas and a view of the ocean. We spent our time on the veranda, the beach and at the restaurants. After initially noticing the older, but well-maintained, buildings, that all faded away quickly.

The property is bordered by two rocky outcrops that block the images of the other behemoth resorts, which adds to the feeling of intimacy and seclusion. When doing a boat trip to Dunns Falls, we noticed that JI clearly has the most scenic beach in Ochos Rios. No other place else even compared in beauty and size.

I can see why some very-young people might find the resort stuffy, but we found all staff and most all guests to be quite friendly. It's a pretty simple decision. If you want to hear loud South Pacific Island type music (even though you are in the Caribbean) and drums or want to sing karaoke, then go to the Sandals right up the street. If you want to go on a raucous booze-cruise, then go to Sandals. If you want to have a nice dinner with great (albeit pricey) food and great wine then JI is the place. If you want a wide champagne colored beach with great beach service, go to JI. If you want a smaller, narrower, more crowded, beach then Sandals at Ochos is the place.

If you have the money and like classy, genteel, places like Caneel Bay, Peter Island, and Turtle Island--this is the place for you. If you like big cruise ships, Atlantis or Sandals all-inclusive resorts, this place is definitely not for you.

It wasn’t cheap, it wasn’t perfect, but we felt it was the perfect place for us (40-somethings) to recharge our batteries, make our own fun, and enjoy fantastic food and one of the best beaches we have ever visited (Fiji, Hawaii, California, other Caribbean, etc…)

Chris

P.S. Teddy and Rupert are the best!

Room Tip: All rooms are nice. View the website to see what you'd like.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Towson, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

My husband and I just returned from a week's vacation at Jamaica Inn. We took advantage of their Celebration of Romance package, a fantastic choice and an outstanding value for the quality.

Jamaica Inn arranged for transportation to and from the airport. Our driver was the same nice guy - both to and from the airport - and his car was comfortable and immaculate.

As soon as we arrived at the Inn, we were greated by the front desk receptionist, who said, "Welcome Home." I will never forget how warm this greeting made us feel, and all staff members did everything possible, throughout our stay, to make us feel welcome and at home.

We stayed in a Deluxe Verandah Suite with beautiful ocean views. I actually liked our suite better than some of the ocean-front suites, because the gardens were so lovely, and we could see the ocean too. Our suite was quite large. There was air-conditioning in the bedroom and bathroom, but it was rarely needed, as there was always a cooling cross-breeze. Outdoors on our verandah was confortable furniture, including a full-sized sofa, wing chair, table and chairs for having a meal or enjoying a drink, and a refrigerator which, for an additional charge, they will stock daily upon request.

Jamaica Inn has a lovely, private, champagne-colored beach. They also have a pool on site that's probably the most pristine I've ever swam. The grounds are beautifully maintained, and the common areas are warm and inviting. We can't say enough good things about the food. The menus are varied, and everything is fresh. They also have a nice selection of wines and mixed drinks, and the outside bar - not to be missed - is a special treat. Great bartenders, many of them having been with the Inn for decades, who share interesting stories and history about the Inn.

Part of our Celebration of Romance package included a one-hour couples massage. Massages are given outside where you can enjoy the sounds of nature - ocean waves and song birds. The therapists do a great job relaxing stressed muscles and work hard to make you feel relaxed.

Also included in our package was a romantic dinner for two - on one night of our stay - right on the beach. Our server, Steve, was fantastic. We felt so special being the only couple at the Inn having dinner on the beach, under the stars.

Jamaica Inn also has a boat for its guests. We took time to visit Dunn's River Falls and go snorkeling for the day. The captain and co-captain were a lot of fun and helped make our outing enjoyable. In addition to this escursion, there are numerous other activities that the Inn can coordinate for you, so be sure to check into what activities are available when you arrive.

We have traveled the Caribbean extensively, and Jamaica Inn is one of the nicest places we've ever stayed. In addition to its beauty and fantastic food, the staff can't be beat. These are some of the nicest people you will ever meet.

Finally, I highly recommend Jamaica Inn, especially for couples. It's a magical place.

Room Tip: All rooms are lovely, however if you have more than two persons, I suggest you look into renting one...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stamford, Connecticut
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Having used to this website to plan this Trip to Jamaica Inn, I thought i should add my two cents as well.

In a word: fantastic!

First a disclaimer, Jamaica in is not a cheap option... It is expensive but in our option well worth the money.

My wife and I have been going to Jamaica for about 10 years now, and have stayed at several places around the island including the Ritz in Mobay and the Sandals properties in Negril, Mobay and Dunns River. Jamaica Inn is by far the best. It is well located about. 1 mile from down town Ocho Rios, while being on a private beach which is quite and uncrowded. The staff is top notch and the service is impeccable. The general manager, Mary Phillips, is always on site and the owners, Eric and Peter, apparent come by quite a bit as well. (They were both at the property when we were there). All of them keep circulating among the guest to make sure all the guest are comfortable and well looked after.
As for the rooms, we took the smallest and cheapest room, the balcony suite, which was still quite large and very comfortable. The balcony is large and furnished with a comfortable sofa/love-seat, small dinning table, prefect for enjoying the sea view (Which is truly a full sea view.. not some partial or blocked view like most other resorts) and something from room service and a writing desk. See pictures. (From what I could see, The veranda suites have a couple of lounge chairs as well).

The meals we ate at the Inn's only restaurant were extremely well prepared and beautifully severed and delicious. Meals were served between specific times - e.g. breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30am., Lunch from 1:00 to 2:30pm, - although there is a limited "between meals" menu in case you get peckish. We also did not check to see if we could get something off the breakfast or lunch menu after the set time, though the staff did give us the impression that they would accommodate our requests if they could. The dinner menu changes daily, apparently based on the freshest catch and veggies for that day and the chef's mood, though there does seem to be some hold overs from the prior day (and the dessert menu only changed once during the 5 days hat we were there). You can choose the fix price 5 course option - appetizer, soup, salad (with 2 choices for each course) entrée, and dessert (with 4 to 5 choices for each course) for approximately $90 or pick specific dishes off the menu a la carte. The fixed price option is cheaper if you r hungry. The dress code for dinner is long pants and collared shirts for men (jackets are optional) and women dressing accordingly. (They do not require that men wear socks and closed shoes and did not seem to mind that I wore elegant leather sandals on couple of occasions, however I would leave the teva and flip flops in the room.) they had live music every night we were there, usually of the jazz or light rock variety, though all of them seemed to default to reggae and Bob Marley by the end of the night....but what can you expect, this is Jamaica after all.

On the first night there we noticed that, by custom and practice, guest generally came to the wood paneled library or bar for a cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres before retiring to the open air Dinning Terrence for dinner, however, the tuxedo swathed maitre'd always made it a point to ask us if we would preferred to proceed straight to dinner instead. All this formality gave us the impression of stepping back into a period of grace and yester-year charm without taking away from the relaxation and fun that makes vacations worthwhile.
If you are not in the mood for all that, guest are welcome to order dinner from the evening's menu to be served in their room, where the staff will still bring and serve each course separately so nothing gets cold, while you enjoy dinner in the privacy of your own balcony or veranda. We tried that on one occasion and absolutely loved the experience. (There was an extra $5 room service charge, but we were only charged once for the entire meal rather than for each course).

Over all if you are looking for a relaxing, comfortable and gracious experience, I would recommend the Jamaica Inn highly.

Room Tip: The smallest room, the balcony suite, was still pretty big and comfortable.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Originally I'd booked an oceanfront room, but the reggae coming across the bay from Sandals was driving me insane. So I upgraded to a simply outstanding cottage with 225 degree view of the ocean, our own pool, outdoor shower, three or four outdoor places to sun ourselves, but there was no sun. Rained and was cloudy all week. That room saved the day. Had the meals sent to the cottage. Love the hotel -- everything I hate about huge properties is notoriously absent. They could do with better food, though. It's just...not interesting. Not great. But don't let that stop you -- it's a magical place and worth it. By the way, deep tissue massage is no different than ordinary one, tried them all. So just pay the minimum.

Room Tip: Splurge! get a cottage!!!!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Just returned from our second stay at The Jamaica Inn and loved it -- again! Located just east of Ocho Rios, the inn is about a 90-minute drive from Montego Bay airport, but it's a nice drive and worth the time. This small, family-owned inn has a lovely setting on a private cove, with comfortably elegant rooms and one of the best restaurants we've enjoyed anywhere. The staff is extremely welcoming -- many have worked there much of their lives. This is not for the disco crowd -- a quiet reggae band accompanies dinner under the stars and a jigsaw puzzle in the library duels with the croquet court for the competitive guests. But, there are kayaks, sailboats and snorkling for those who feel inclined -- and lots of palapas with rum punch for the rest of us!

Room Tip: If you can afford it, get one of the premium verandah suites on the west side, overlooking the water...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Main St, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 Business Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 Family Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 Spa Hotel in Ocho Rios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Jamaica Inn 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Since 1950, Jamaica Inn has consistently been ranked as one of the top resort hotels in the Caribbean. Jamaica Inn is a small, elegantly timeless resort located in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica. With just 48 suites spread over 8 acres, there are sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea from every suite. This eight-acre property boasts a 700-foot premier private beach, which is often considered to be the one of the best in the Caribbean. ... more   less 
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